Located in the wooded Lahn River valley in the state of Hesse, Marburg is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany; its many architectural gems include Germany's oldest Gothic church, the Elisabethkirche. An ambitious project to restore the city's half-timbered houses has adds to Marburg's immense charm.
On a hill high above, the city is dominated by the Landgrafenschloss, an imposing 13th-century stone castle. Formerly the home of Hesse's rulers, today it's a museum and a student residence.
With a population of 80,000, Marburg offers the friendliness and convenience of a small city, but as a university town, Marburg also offers plenty of culture and activities.
Marburg Quick Facts
- The Grimm Brothers collected their fairy tales in the hills immediately surrounding Marburg.
- World War I Field Marshall von Hindenberg is buried inside Marburg’s Elisabethkirche.
- Marburg’s theatre company is one of the most noted in Germany and the largest regional road company.
- Philipps University is Europe’s oldest Protestant University.
- Marburg’s patron saint began her life as a Hungarian noble. When her husband was killed in 1227, Elisabeth settled in Marburg and dedicated her life to caring for the needy.